This desktop microphone takes on the classic shape of a radio mic with a signature color scheme to up the whimsy

Talkie is a desktop microphone concept defined by its primary color scheme and nostalgic silhouette.

Long Beach-based industrial designer Chris Granneberg is known for his delightful collection of product designs that strike the perfect balance between simplicity and whimsy. Characterized by primary color schemes and touchable shapes, it’s hard to not reach out and play with Granneberg’s designs. Designed for Render Weekly’s S6:W6 prompt, one of Granneberg’s latest designs is an adjustable desktop microphone called Talkie that maintains Granneberg’s playful spirit and integrates an intuitive control interface for optimal usability.

Designer: Chris Granneberg

In this era of content creation, the importance of having access to electrical devices for content like podcasts, photographs, and vlogs cannot be understated. Whether you’d like to start a podcast discussing your favorite canned foods or start vlogging your latest travels, access to a working microphone is crucial. Talkie is a microphone that provides the same functionality as standard, casual-use microphones, but its unique shape and color scheme set it apart from the rest. Amounting only to a single button, Talkie comes with an intuitive control interface that operates the power of the microphone.

Taking on the shape of a cardioid microphone, Granneberg’s desktop mic design exudes nostalgia and immediately defines its purpose. Hinged towards its bottom by a swivel ball joint, Talkie can tilt 360-degrees so that users can find their preferred position for the mic.

To operate the microphone, users can connect an included USB Type-C cable to the microphone and a desktop computer to then configure the output and input settings. From there the fun begins. Granneberg says it best when he explains, “I like to surround myself with color and happy objects that bring me joy to not only use but to look and surround myself with when not in use.”